Tuesday, June 21, 2011

SEI Vortex Comparison on an M16

SEI Vortex Comparison on an M16 - with and without Vortex.  The difference is pretty clear.

SEI Good Iron Muzzle Brake on a M14

Dave Armstrong from the Naval Surface Warfare Center CRANE shoots his M14 equipped with the SEI Good Iron Muzzle Brake.

SEI Muzzle Brake on Sig 516

Here is the SEI Good Iron Muzzle Brake on Sig 516. Dave Grimshaw stated that our Muzzle Brake was so effective that it was the best muzzle brake he had ever tested.

SEI Vortex on .50 Cal Comparison

We did a comparison firing the Browning .50 Cal Machine Gun without the Vortex and then later with the Vortex. There was a lot of flash observed without the Vortex. Then when we added the Vortex, you could barely see anything.

Without Votex:

With Vortex:

SEI Muzzle Brake on M1A National Match

TacticalGunGuy on Youtube did an overview of his M1A National Match. He sports the SEI Good Iron Muzzle Brake for the M14. He has a lot of nice things to say about our Muzzle Brake.

Brownells Tests SEI Vortex Flash Suppressors

This is a nice video down by Brownells showing the effectiveness of the SEI Vortex on an M16.

SEI Vortex on AR15 in Action

Nice video of an AR15 with the SEI Vortex Flash Hider. Flash Hider is known for improving accuracy.

SEI Vortex Flash Suppressor Beats the Competition Again

These guys did a great comparison. Yet one more comparison where SEI's Vortex outshines the rest.

M4s Tearing it up with the SEI Vortex

These guys tear up the range using our SEI Vortex. Excellent videos.

LRB M14 With SEI Parts

This is a great video showing the effectiveness of the SEI Vortex, SEI Gas Lock Front Site, and SEI Bolt Release on an M14/M1A. These guys did a good job.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Smith Enterprise Vortex Will be in Guns & Weapons For Law Enforcement October 11 Issue

Mike Huphries of Harris Publications was kind enough to include our product in the next issue of "Guns & Weapons For Law Enforcement".  Here are some images of the pages where the Vortex will be featured.

M240 Vs. MK48 Vortex - Things You Need to Know

Since the M240 and the MK48 both have the same thread pattern, it is possible that the customer may accidentally install the wrong flash hider on the wrong weapon.  While this is completely safe, it will not give the user the most desirable flash suppression.  Therefore, we are posting the below pictures to better show the difference.

The thread length on the M240 are slightly longer, and therefore will butt up against the muzzle when the appropriate Vortex is attached.  Below is a picture of the M240 Vortex screwed onto an M240 muzzle.

The MK48 Vortex thread length is slightly shorter than the M240 Vortex thread length.  Therefore, the MK48 Vortex won't butt up against the muzzle when screwed onto the M240 barrel.  Notice the gap between muzzle and Vortex in the below picture.

Note:  There is no problem when screwing the MK48 or M240 Votex on the MK48 because the MK48 is short enough to securely fasten both models of Vortex Flash Eliminators on it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Kevin Young Sends us Pics of M21A5

February 23, 2010
I have attached a few glamor shots of my M21A5 Crazy Horse EBR in SASS trim.
– Kevin Young

SEI Gets Feedback from 1-508 PIR from Theater

Rec’d December 29, 2009
Subject: Paratroopers in Afghanistan

Hello and greetings from Afghanistan. My name is SGT Jordan Downs. I am in the 82nd Airborne Division. My Assault Platoon of Airborne Infantrymen and I are at a very (VERY) remote outpost in the Southern Afghanistan. At our small base, we do not have running water or plumbing, and electricity is very limited. We do, however, fly our US Flag with pride.

We survive off of MREs, water, and whenever we can (and their supplies allow), the food prepared by the Afghan National Army or local villagers. The district center here is extremely poor, even without the means to produce the lifeblood of the traditional Afghan meal – "foot" bread.

Morale here is good. I give my guys a lot of credit given the lack of supplies – emergency resupply of diesel fuel is continuously denied - and the rigorous patrol schedule required keeping the bad guys out of the area as much as possible. You can imagine that if we have such a hard time getting fuel what the response from "higher" is like when we request food items or anything to improve our humble "base".

We currently have two Smith Vortexes here; one M14 and a M4, and it makes all the difference between the typical A2 bird cage flash suppressors. The other squad leaders and I are currently working to outfit the whole platoon with the Vortex for our M4s, M249s, M14s, and the M240Bs that we have. We are hoping that you will be able to donate two Vortex Flash Eliminators for our M2s here. Our ultimate goal is to have every weapon here outfitted with the Vortex, minus our MK-19. Having the Vortex on every weapon system increases the safety and lethality of our platoon in our engagements with the enemy in the area.

Thanks again for your time and your support!

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Jordan Downs, SGT, Airborne Infantry
Jordan Downs
C Co 1-508 PIR
FOB Atghar
APO AE 09355

P.S. I have included a picture of a majority of my platoon for you. Also our mail has a habit of being stolen before it gets to us if it has cool identifying marks on it. Simple flat rate box works the best.

On a side note SGT Burrell and I are very interested in your M14 bar stock receiver. We are planning to build an M14 upon our return to the States. Could you also send us some info on your receiver? Thanks again for your support.

Rec’d January 02, 2010
Subject: Re: Paratroopers in Afghanistan

Mr. Smith,

That is awesome news, thank you. We did a little demo out here, Vortex vs Birdcage, everyone one was amazed. PFC Headley stated "There is no flash with the Vortex." Our response was "Thats the point." As for the pictures, feel free to use them. I’ll send some more so you can pick and chose. The quality might not be great because I’m have to compress them for the email. Let me know how it looks. We’ll try and get some unit patches as when we can get to a big FOB. Sorry if this email is kinda bland, We just got got in from a 3 day outing. What can you do? Thanks again

Jordan Downs

AT-2 OutlawsRec’d March 18, 2011
Subject: Paratroopers in Afghanistan

Mr. Smith,

We received the vortex flash eliminators about three weeks ago and let me tell you how extraordinary the whole thing has been for us. First of all it started with us recieving mail for the first time in about five and one half weeks and so there was alot. A few of my guys and my 1SG stared the typical army chain for unloading the mail with myself placing them in correctly divided area. Towards the end of the sorting process my 1SG will some harsh words tosses me a heavy box and asked me why I am ordering machine part form Smith Enterprise. Everyone form my platoon who was around kinda stopped, knowing what this means, while I stated that this was indeed a package from Smith Enterprise. A joyous aroma of laughter and excitment broke out with others going and telling other battle buddies about it. It was a good day with everyone receiving there much need mail. Then began the process of installing all the Vortexes (which I have included some pictures). There was a lot music excitement and jumping around. Someone explained it to me as he was a little kid on Christmas morning. For a little while everyone seem to forget where they were and just let "loose". A much needed escape.

So once again thank you for what you have done for us. And also if it is possible to get an address for you, my paltoon and I have some stuff that we would like to send you. I will pass that address to my buddies wife and she will mail the items. Since we have no mail system here.

Also I do have a question about going about having your company build me a rifle. One thing that I always to is to buy myself a gift after acomplishing an event. I bought myself and LWRC M6A2 after I graduated Jumpmaster school. I since I have found and new love, more of and infatuation or obsession with M14, I have decided that that's what I want. I had plans all along to build my one but I have been thinking that this would be a lot more meaningful. Since my platoon have a bond of some sort with SEI.

Thanks Again for your Support, you have given us alot more that just the some vortexes.

SSG Downs, Jordan

SEI Gives General Keys an SEI M14 Crazyhorse

December 18, 2009

This rifle was be presented to Colt Defense President and CEO Lt. Gen. William. M. Keys, USMC (ret.), by Ron Smith, John Bainer, and Jeff Cantrell.

Two Chiefs of Staff and Secretaries of the Army Award SEI Freedom Team Awards

November 2009

Certificates of appreciation from the Army Chiefs of Staff and Secretaries of the Army for always giving our products away to help soldiers in need.

PRT Sends us a Picture of our M4 Good Iron Muzzle Brake in Iraq

Rec’d November 17, 2009


Yes, I have had plenty of chances to shoot the weapon both in the field and on the range. I can tell you it is the best addition to my weapon. The back up shots on controled pairs or burst fire is excellent.

On the range at 25 yards, I can shoot a 30 round magazine on 3 round burst and put them all in the chest or head with no problem. Your muzzle brake (P/N 1002) provides excellent control. I prefer shooting with open sights and the sight picture never leaves my eye.

I have lots of pictures of my buddy (who also has a Smith brake) and myself in and about in Diyala Province. We even have some short video of us practicing on the range with the brakes on our weapons.

Thank you for your support to the military. Your efforts are very much appreciated by all of us.

SSG Jesse H. A. Jr.
Diyala Provintial Reconstruction Team
FOB Warhorse
Baqubah, Iraq

PS: I really wish I had one of your M-14’s to use over here. Then you would really see a Gucci picture!

2-5 CAV Sends us Pictures for our .50 Cal Vortex Flash Eliminator

October 13, 2009 2:24 AM


Once again thank you for the 50 cal flash hider (P/N 6021V) that you sent Aco 2-5 CAV, 1CD. Attached are a few pics of the flash hider on the weapon system mounted on a MRAP. I have a few more but these two were the best. Thank you agin.

Carl S.
Executive Officer

SEI Donates Dog to Bureau of Indian Affairs

September 11, 2009

A recruiting banner for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. On the far right stands Officer White, aka Rushing Bear, with his canine partner Cindy, who has made many drug busts. She was donated to the Bureau by Smith Enterprise.

Steve S Sends us a Picture from Afghanistan with our Scope Mount

September 08, 2009 1:39 PM
Subject: Your Scope Mount at Work .......
Here’s your M14 scope mount (P/N 2006) at work in Afghanistan .... Report is that it improved the rifle’s accuracy 100%
Steve S.
Milton, Indiana

SEI M240 Vortex vs. the ARDEC FN Knock-Off Version

August 2009

A side by side photo of two FN M240 machine guns, one with an SEI Vortex Flash Suppressor and the ARDEC copy.

Note: ARDEC settled after we sued them for patent infringement.

M16 Beta Mag Fired with our Good Iron Muzzle Brake

Recorded in 2004, Rey Marquez empties a Beta Mag through an M16 equipped with an early SEI Good Iron muzzle brake similar to our M14 USCG Brake P/N 2001.

We are in the process of updating this video.  Once complete we will update this post.

Kevin Young Demos M14 Wind Talker Sound Suppressor Equiped MK14 SEI

August 2009
Kevin Young demos his M14 Wind Talker Sound Suppressor equipped MK14 SEI. Sound suppression in action!

Ron Smith Shoots the SEI M21A5 Crazyhorse with 1 CAV Soldiers

Ron Smith with the 1st Calvary testing the SEI M21A5 at Fort Bliss.

101st Airborne Sends us Pictures of the M21A5 Crazyhorse

Iraq, 2009. With the 101st Airborne, one of 26 M14s upgraded to to our M21A5/Crazy Horse.

Bill H Sends us Pictures of his M14SE Crazyhorse

Thursday, January 01, 2009 3:36 PM
Subject: My new M14SE "Crazy Horse Light" in 18" Barrel

Greetings Ron, Sonja, Jim, and everyone at SEI,

Here’s a tribute to the new rifle you built for me. Absolutely outstanding! Thanks for the fantastic work. Beyond all expectations.

All the best,
Bill H.

Nick Sends SEI M21A5 Pictures

From: Nicholas B
Sent: Wed, Dec. 03, 2008 11:36 AM
Subject: RE: M21A5/Crazy Horse - Ft. Irwin, California

Mr Smith,

Loved the pictures from FT Irwin, I wish I could have been there for that. I have a good friend stationed out there. I attached a few pictures of our M14 with your Vortex mounted on it. The two guys with it are part of our Company sniper team we had working with us in Adamiyah, Iraq.
We have an M24, M110, and of course our M14. The soldier in ACUs with the painted rifle is me on top of the SF Shoot house on their 400m KD range on the bank of the Tigris... whata range...
Even though the army is coming up with the "latest and greatest" in rifles, I am glad the M14 is still around, and I hope to see her working for years to come, she'll always have a place with my team.

I hope you like the pictures!

Stuart Sends us some of His Awesome Pics

To: Smith Enterprise
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 3:12 PM
Subject: 18" SEI / LRB M25, Aimpoint T1 (with LaRue QD mount) - Hope you guys like it!

Hey All,
Just thought I’d share some pics. Ron, please use em’ if you like em’!

Best regards,

Smith Enterprise Shoots at NTC with Snipers

SEI Showcase –
M21A5/Crazy Horse - Ft. Irwin, California - November, 2008,
with personal notes by Ron Smith

The following pictures are of our M21A5/Crazy Horse at Ft. Irwin in November 2008.

Here you see a 1ST Sgt. shooting the rifle at 700 meters unsuppressed to get a ZERO at that distance.

Another soldier shooting with our suppressor at 700 meters and putting them in there every time - it was a windy day.

Here you see our Std. weight .30 cal. suppressor on a M4 with our Vortex being shot at 500 meters. They found that there were no change of bullet impact at that distance suppressed or not, we were very happy as were they.

You see a M240 with our Vortex installed and more of our stuff.

Me with some of the snipers, you can see our CAN on a M4.

These guys were the killers in Iraq and they used some of our guns while there with no problems. You will also see a M110 as well and it did not out shoot our gun, not even close. I will say that they found out the bullet drop with our gun suppressed was far less than the M110 suppressed.

Our .30 cal. CAN on a M4 and a M110 that I fired and it was no big deal, not worth $14.000.00 that's for sure.

Me with some of the killers shooting our M21A5/Crazy Horse at 700 meters along with our 30 cal CAN on a M4.

M21A5/Crazy Horse with our light weight CAN

Our M21A5/Crazy Horse un suppressed at 700 meters.

Ron Smith by the range sign.

Kevin Young Send Us Pic of our M14 MOD 0 We Built for Him

To: Smith Enterprise, Inc
Sunday, July 27, 2008 7:53 AM
Subject: Pic for SEI Showcase
Ron and Sonja,
Here is a pic of the MK14 MOD 0 you built for me.
The results are outstanding and I just wanted to thank you for everything.
— Kevin Young

Mike Croston Thanks SEI for M14 Upgrade

To: Smith Enterprise
Saturday, July 12, 2008 5:16 PM
Subject: M14
I wanted to send you a pic of the finished gun you built for me.
Thanks for the professional workmanship.
— Mike Croston

M21A5 Precision

An M21A5 that was tested at Ft. Benning in March of 2008, that fired groups under 1 MOA at 1000 yards with M118LR ammo.

Long Range Precision Rifle (LRPR)

A variation of the M21A5 C-IED Long Range Precision Rifle (LRPR) completed for a civilian customer, with Leupold Dark Earth scope – can also be had with a Pride–Fowler 10x42 or 3-9x42 Rapid Reticle, all with a 30mm main tube.

SEI Bipod and Tri Rail for the M16

SEI Bipod and Tri Rail for the M16

SEI Makes Bolts and Bolt Carriers for the M16

Over a 15 year period, SEI has manufactured approximately 500,000 M16 bolts and bolt carriers.

SEI Awarded a Certificate from 3-509 PIR while in Iraq

SEI awarded a certificate from 3-509 PIR while in Iraq.

Soldier Sends Picture of SEIs Vortex Flash Eliminator for the .50 Cal

Iraq, 2007: An M2HB .50 cal. with a Quick-Disconnect Vortex® Flash Suppressor, 4th IBCT, 1st Infantry Division.

3rd Armored CAV Soldier Awarded with Help from SEI

Iraq, 2006: US Army 3rd Armored Cavalry Scout-Observer and Bradley crewman SPC James Olbrisch, with an M14 system made functional with a little help from his friends and family

 (Reproduced with permission)
To: Smith Enterprise
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 12:32 PM
Subject: Attn: Ron Smith - Final report.

Mr. Smith,

I am Mike Olbrisch of El Paso, Texas. Some time ago you sold me some items to send to my son James in Iraq. He came across an M-14 that was not assigned and had no accessories. Several friends got together and bought his magazines, sling, bipod, scope and scope mount. The end results are shown in the photo and the citation. I just thought you might like to hear how it worked.

BTW - he was also recently featured in a report of Front Sight Magazine, MAY-JUNE 2007 page 20 for actions with a pistol when his M-4 jammed.

I should have sent this to you long ago. But other things keep getting in the way. Like camping and hiking with James. All too soon he will be gone for the 3rd tour. Plenty of time then.

Thank you sir. Take care.
Mike - KD9KC.
El Paso, Tx.

SPC Olbrisch's terrific marksmanship skills were a valuable asset to First Platoon, Killer Troop. SPC Olbrisch took the initiative to help train his peers as well as the junior soldiers on proper marksmanship techniques. His teaching helped many of the soldiers in First Platoon develop the confidence and skill that they needed to defeat the enemy. Additionally, SPC Olbrisch volunteered his abilities to help assist on sniper missions aimed at interdicting the enemy trying to emplace IEDs on routes in Killer Troop's area of operation.

SPC Olbrisch participated in more than 200 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He prevented the movement of anti-coalition forces in Killer Troop's sector by conducting Observation Posts, Route Security, Traffic Control Points, and Cordon and Search operations. His dedication to duty, mission focus, and resolute loyalty to his fellow troopers was critical in allowing First Platoon, Killer Troop to control the battle space.

As an Scout-Observer and Bradley crewman SPC Olbrisch's technical competence, attention to detail, and commitment to excellence were instrumental in maintaining his vehicle's combat readiness throughout his tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06. His hard work and dedication facilitated First Platoon, Killer Troop's overall success in bringing security and stability to the Iraqi Citizens.
SPC Olbrisch showed steadfast courage and discipline in the face of enemy contact. Involved in multiple IED attacks on the narrow roads of Killer Troop's area of operations, SPC Olbrisch always remained calm, followed the directions of his leaders, and executed his battle drills to the highest standard. Without a doubt, his actions and initiative were vital to the safety of his fellow troopers and the overall success of First Platoon, Killer Troop.

For meritorious service during Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06 as a member of Killer Troop, 3d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. SPC Olbrisch's courage, dedication to duty, selfless service, and commitment to excellence throughout combat operations in Iraq are qualities that all soldiers should strive to emulate and greatly contributed to the overwhelming success of First Platoon, Killer Troop. SPC Olbrisch's actions reflect great credit upon himself, 3rd Infantry Division, The Regiment of Mounted Riflemen, and the United States Army.


William C. Cavin, Cpt. Troop Commander.
Comment: Super-motivated soldier with a great attitude!
Ross A. Brown, LTC. Squadron Commander.
Comment: Job well done by this Cavalry Scout!
Edward C. Cardon, COL. Brigade Commander.
Orders 281-45.